How to use eyelet pliers

January 3, 2018

Eyelets can be really handy for creating art and useful items like flags and bags.

Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: 3+

Duration: less than an hour

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: any

Tags: fabric, flag, tools

Category: tool use & traditional crafts


Find, cut and prepare the material you want to have eyelets in.
Borrow or buy some eyelet pliers and extra eyelets.
When calculating what you’ll need for your project, allow a bit extra on the eyelets as some may break whilst being installed.

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Step 1

Lay out the material face down and mark out exactly where you want the eyelets to be.

Place a rivet over the longer tooth of the pliers.

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Step 2

Slide the pliers under the material and move them around until the long tooth is poking up on the marked spot.

Squeeze the pliers together hard (I pressed them down on the table to help me apply enough pressure).

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Step 3

When you initially punch the rivet on, the material may still be over the hole.

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Step 4

Turn the material over and rub off or poke through with a pencil to free up the hole.

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Step 5

Repeat this process until you have inserted all the eyelets you require.

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Take it further

Material with eyelets can be used to make flags, bunting, banners, bags and den sheets.

making flags